Tips on Lengthening the Life of Pets

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Saying goodbye to pets is one of the most difficult things you can do, as any pet owner will tell you. The average life span of cats is 10 to 14 years, while it is about 10 to 12 years for dogs. Extending the lifespan of your pets by a few years or even months for that matter, can make a huge difference, as it is time well spent. Let’s take a look at some ways you can do that.


A healthy and wholesome diet will keep all the vital organs and systems of your pet in good functioning order. Be sure that your pet has a nutrient-rich diet, even if you have to give it supplements, so the pet’s immune system, bones, muscles, joints and mental health is in top form. Most pet owners are guilty of feeding their pets table scraps and calorie-high treats, and think that it is harmless, but the truth is far from that. Pets that are obese run at a risk of developing joint conditions, cardiac issues and diabetes, which can cut down their life expectancy.


Exercise is indispensable for your pet, and it can help keep obesity at bay, which is otherwise known to be one of the main causes for pet health problems. Make sure your pet gets its daily dose of exercise, which again, depends on the breed. Ideally, your pet should get at least an hour’s exercise every day. Do what it takes, whether it is walking your pet or leaving small portions of food in different places, so he gets some well-deserved exercise. You can make sure that your pet is mentally sharp by giving him toys that keeps his brain ticking.


Do you let your pet roam around in the neighborhood unsupervised? It is not a good idea as your pet may be exposed to a number of factors such as contagious diseases, toxic substances, traffic, and wild preying animals while it is out on its own. Of course, we are not asking you to lock him/her down in your house. Just make sure that you are around him/her when he/she wants to go outdoors, so you can keep a watch and keep him/her safe.

Vet visits

Do you take your pet to the vet only when he/she is ill or needs his routine shots? Your pet needs more frequent vet visits. Taking your pet to the veterinarian for routine exams from time to time can help identify health problems even before they escalate. Taking preventative measures after an early diagnosis can help contain and treat the condition before it gets out of hand, in turn help add more lives to your pet’s life.


Florida Shelter Saves Dogs from Cold Night

Florida isn’t known for frigid temperatures, even in the dead of winter, but in the early morning, cold wind put some dogs in Manatee County at serious risk.

Shelter workers help pooches avoid a cold night 

The Palmetto Animal Shelter was overcrowded this week. There wasn’t enough room inside to house all of the dogs that needed a home. Typically, this means that the excess pooches spend the night outdoors in the shelter’s outdoor area. However, with the wind chill expected to dip into the low 30s, Manatee County Animal Services had to do something, according to the Bradenton Herald.

The employees decided that the only option was to have the dogs double up. The shelter only has enough space indoors for about 30 dogs, but they had 60 at the facility. On Wednesday and Thursday night, these pooches shared their spaces with one another so that they could all have a warm night’s sleep.

While overcrowding the shelter is a temporary solution, it’s also an uncomfortable one. Instead, the shelter hopes to have some of these pooches adopted and is holding events to help the process along. They’ll be holding an adoption event from Feb. 21 through March 1, the Herald reported.

The facility could definitely use a little more room to hold dogs inside, the shelter employees told the newspaper. However, as volunteer coordinator Samantha Wolfe said, they’ll do what they need to with or without space.

“If we are ahead of the game, it will be better,” Wolfe told the Herald. “We are definitely moving forward with saving animals’ lives, but we are still full.”

Wolfe also told the paper that they’ll do whatever it takes to rescue dogs and keep them warm in the chilly temperatures.

Feed your dog

The employees at the Palmetto shelter told the newspaper that they hoped the dogs would get adopted, but even if they did get adopted the employees didn’t want the dogs to be left outside and get cold. If you’re similarly concerned about your canine becoming too cold and getting uncomfortable, you may want to change their feeding habits.

As the American Veterinary Medical Association explained, dogs who are outside frequently in the winter need more calories in their diet. The cold air makes dogs burn more calories, because not only is your dog using energy to run or walk, but also to regulate their body temperature and stay warm.

You can use your PetPlus membership to purchase Hills Prescription Dog Food and keep your dog filled with enough calories to stay warm while playing in the cold.


These 9 Breeds Might Need Trimeprazine – Is Yours One?

Ear infections aren’t fun for any pooch. They’re painful, annoying and can cause serious hearing damage in some cases. While any dog is susceptible to an ear infection over the course of their lifetime, some breeds are more likely to have this frustrating condition. Luckily, there are medications like trimeprazine that can help.

9 Ear infection-prone breeds 

Certain breeds are more likely to come down with ear infections, not because they’re dirty or attract bacteria, but because of the construction of their ears. Dogs with long, floppy ears, narrow ear canals or elevated ear canals are most at risk because these ears are harder to clean and retain more water, thereby allowing for more bacteria to grow. Nine of the most common breeds for ear infections are:

  • Poodles
  • Boxers
  • Beagles
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Old English Sheepdogs
  • German Shepherds
  • English Bulldogs
  • Shar Peis
  • Labrador Retrievers.

Another major factor for ear infections – outside of ear shape and size – is that some dogs are more attracted to swimming, like Labradors, and therefore put themselves at greater risk for ear infections.

Treating ear infections 

If your pooch has an ear infection, you’ll want to visit the veterinarian for a prescription medication that will help clear up the problem. Trimeprazine is one of the most common and popular medications veterinarians turn to. It’s an anti-inflammatory prescription drug that helps clear up ear infections as well as kennel cough and other itching and swelling issues.

Otomax Ointment is another option that veterinarians may prescribe. Rather than a pill like trimeprazine, this antibacterial, antifungal steroid gets right to the source of the discomfort and pain. It helps treat yeast as well as bacterial infections and reduces inflammation and pain for your pooch.

Identifying and avoiding ear infections 

Before you can start thinking about treating your dog’s ear infections, you need to look for signs that your pooch is trying to tell you they need some help. Dogs may display a loss of hearing, redness or swelling in the ear, trouble balancing, and nonstop scratching or rubbing of their ears. Additionally, if you examine their ears more closely, you may notice extra wax, pus or blood, and a foul odor.

There are three types of canine ear infections to look out for.

  1. Bacterial infections are similar to human ear infections, where bacteria, often from trapped water, grow in the ear and create pain, swelling, and possibly blood.
  2. Yeast infections in your dog’s ears have a similar result, but release a yellow discharge and smell stronger.
  3. The third type of infection is caused by small ear mites and make your pooch have a sandy ear wax discharge.

No matter what breed your four-legged friend is, you can help them avoid an ear infection by doing some basic grooming. Trimming the hair around your pooch’s ear may help prevent infections. Similarly, after your dog swims or is bathed, make sure their ears are able to dry out completely, so no water gets trapped in their. The best way to prevent ear infections is regular cleaning of the ears with recommended solutions and medications. Talk to your veterinarian for suggestions.

Use your PetPlus membership to help your four-legged friend when they’re in pain without spending full price on their medications.


5 Fun Games to Play With Your Dog

Tug of war with dog

Looking for ways to entertain your pup? It’s important — for both physical and mental health — to play with your dog. But let’s be honest: sometimes the endless rounds of fetch can get a bit tedious, for you and your dog alike. Shake things up with one of these five entertaining games.

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Hide and Seek

When the weather’s less than ideal, hide and seek is a great indoor activity. As a bonus, hide and seek is a great way to perfect your dog’s patience with the commands to “come” and “stay”; the game can also help anxious dogs get more comfortable with being left alone.

Here’s how to play: Tell dogs to stay. Hide yourself in your home — you might want to start with a fairly easy-to-find spot, so your dog won’t become frustrated. Once you’re hidden away, tell your dog to come. Once the dog has found you, lavish them with praise, toys, or treats.

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Scavenger Hunt

Sick of hiding around the house yourself? Try hiding things that your dog loves around your home — or outside in your yard — and watch your dog hunt them down. When you first start playing, lots of hints may be necessary, like pointing or using encouraging words as your dog closes in on  the objects or treats. Think of it as a canine version of “hot or cold.” Eventually, your dog should improve, and not need as much paw-holding to play.

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Obstacle Course

If you’re playing inside, you can use chairs, couch cushions, or tables to set up a small obstacle course for your dog to navigate. Playing outside? You can use anything that you have around, from an old tire to a kiddie pool, to test your pup’s agility. Or you can go the elaborate route with purchases from the toy or hardware store to really beef up your obstacle course game.

Tug of war

A classic! Tug of war can be played with ropes or toys, and is often a dog’s favorite activity. Play tug or war inside or outside — just make sure it’s clear that dogs should never have their teeth on your skin or cause you any harm. And never forget that you are playing this game on your terms. If the play seems to be getting out of hand (i.e., grabbing at the toy before you are ready, refusing to let go, aggressive snarling), calmly take the toy away and try another game. Remember — even though it is a game, your dog might not see it that way. Tug of war (like all games) should be fun!

SHOP: Rope, Tug, and Interactive Toys


Much like fetch, chase is a dog classic. All you need to do is provide your dog with a toy on a pole. You can purchase something, or just rig something up with duct tape and a stick. Like cats, dogs will enjoy plenty of time spent going after the toy, whether you move it quickly or slowly. Just be safe when swinging the stick around.

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4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy on the Fourth of July

The Fourth is right around the corner, and with it all the good times we have come to expect. Fireworks, barbecues, hanging out with friends and family — Independence Day is certainly a celebration of what it means to be free.

To most people, everything about the holiday seems like a great time, but to our furry friends, the Fourth can be a stress-filled occasion.

Here are a few tips to keep your dog happy this Independence Day.

1. Food and Alcohol


Odds are, your celebration is going to have some tasty treats and icy beverages. Food and drink are all well and good, but in terms of our pets, human foods are best  avoided. While a nibble off a hot dog or a burger probably won’t hurt them, anything with onions, garlic, chocolate, or alcohol should be kept well out of their reach.

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2. Crowds


The Fourth is a big outdoor party day, and if your dog is in attendance, the stress of being around so many people could start to wear on them. If your dog doesn’t do well in crowds and you can’t leave them at home, first make sure everyone at the party knows to give your dog a break. Second, you should plan to stay by their side the entire time, so if things do get out of hand, you are there to offer cuddles and a calming treat (or two).

3. Heat


Staying outside all day in the sun is a perfect way to spend a holiday, but it is also a surefire way to dehydrate your dog. Imagine if you had to run around in a fur coat all day! To help your dog beat the heat, keep a steady supply of water on hand. And, if you can, try to find a shady spot for them to recharge their battery.

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4. Fireworks


FIREWORKS! Everyone’s favorite part of the holiday — except for our pooches. The loud noises and dense crowds are essentially a perfect storm for an anxiety attack. The best way to avoid this is simple: leave your dog at home!

But if that is not possible, try to stay on the outskirts of the viewing area, making it possible to beat a quick retreat if it seems like Fido can’t take all the excitement. Stay by their side, pet them for reassurance, bring a toy to distract them — anything you can do to take their mind off the explosions. And, again, calming treats could be a life saver.

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5 Ways to Help Keep Your Cat Hydrated


Keeping Your Cat Hydrated

Not drinking enough water can be very detrimental to your cat’s health. But your very persnickety and particular cat might not be content with a drinking from his water dish. If you worry that your cat isn’t ingesting enough liquid, encourage him to hydrate with these five tips.

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Always Provide Fresh Water

Always have clean and fresh water available for your cat. Understandably, your cat will avoid drinking dirty or stale water.

Provide clean water as part of your morning routine, and check throughout the day to make sure the water is still fresh.

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Ice It!

Slip an ice cube into your cat’s water to jazz it up. The cold, slippery ice provides an exciting sensory experience for your cat, and can lead to an increased interest in drinking keeping your cat hydrated.

Switch to Wet Food

Compared to dry food, wet food has a higher water content, so it can help keep cats hydrated even if they’re avoiding their water bowl.

To make wet food extra hydrating, include a spoonful or two of water with every portion of the food; the water will become flavored with the wet food, and your cat is likely to slurp it up.

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Try a Fountain

The trickle of running water can be deeply appealing to cats.

If you find that your cat likes to drink from the bathroom sink or other faucets around the house, consider getting a cat fountain, which will provide your cat with running water at all times.

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Use a New Dish — Or, More Than One!

Consider having more than one water bowl available for your cat — perhaps you’ll want to have one in the living room or kitchen, and another up on your second floor.

You can also try swapping out different types of dishes until you find one that your cat likes.

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5 Must-Read Safety Tips for Pets in Hot Weather

Dog drinking water outside


Earlier this May, a woman in North Carolina was charged with animal cruelty after two dogs died after being left in her car for several hours. Even though she left the windows cracked open, and the outside temperature was only 80 degrees, the temperature inside the car grew so hot, that eventually the dogs succumbed to heat stroke.

Tragic stories like this are a reminder that it’s incredibly important to be extra careful with our pets during the warmer months. Sweltering weather can be uncomfortable for us, but ultimately, we can generally find refuge in air conditioning, make sure to keep drinking cold water, and strip down to as little clothing as possible. It’s not so easy for cats and dogs. Follow these tips to ensure your pets have a comfortable, safe, and cool summer.

1. Know What’s Normal

The best way for you to recognize heat stroke or heat-related distress in your cat or dog is to be incredibly aware of how they usually behave when the mercury isn’t sky high. Does your cat often drape herself along the floor, looking vaguely lethargic? Then it’s likely not a cause for worry, regardless of the temperature. But if your cat doesn’t usually rest that way, or your dog doesn’t typically pant quite so heavily, these could be signs of heat stroke. The more familiar you are with your pet’s habits and behavior, the easier it will be for you to know when something just isn’t quite right.

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2. Don’t Leave Dogs in Cars

Just like small children and babies, dogs should not be left alone in the car. If you’re running errands, consider leaving the dog at home. Or, bring the dog into the store with you if it’s pet-friendly. Even cracking the windows isn’t enough to keep your dog cooled off, since the temperature inside an enclosed car rises much faster than the temperature outside.

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3. Be Smart About Exercise

Making sure your pet gets adequate exercise is such an important part of their health, and shouldn’t be neglected just because it’s hot outside. That said, just like you might avoid a 5K run when it’s over 95 degrees, so too should your dog skip strenuous exercise when it’s really roasting outside. If you are going to exercise, see the next tip, and schedule wisely.

Don’t forget, even if your dog or cat isn’t going outside, it’s important to make sure that your home is cool enough for them to stay comfortable: consider keeping the AC going, or make sure there is a cool area in your home for your pets. For a break, try setting up a kiddie pool or sprinkler in the yard for your dog.

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4. Walk in Mornings and Evenings

Schedule your dog walks around the coolest times of day: the early morning and the evening. Keep walks brief if you have to go out during midday, when the sun is at its hottest. Be mindful of the temperature of the surfaces you and your dog are walking on — even though paws are a bit more sturdy than bare feet, if the sidewalk, sand, or brick pathway feels scorching hot for you, it’ll also be quite painful for your dog’s paws.

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5. Make Sure Water Is Always Plentiful and Fresh

Sometimes cats don’t drink enough water — this is a common problem — but as temperatures rise, inadequate hydration can cause real health issues. Jazz up your cat’s water bowl by putting in a few ice cubes, or, if your cat doesn’t have one already, consider trying out a fountain. Make sure whether you’re inside or outside with your dog, you always have fresh,clean water available.

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How to Pet-Proof Your Yard


Bulbs are popping and seeds are starting to take root. For the green-thumbed among us, you know what this means: Gardening season is here! If you have an outdoor cat or a garden-loving dog, you might need to do some thinking about how you design your yard, what’s planted, and where you allow your pets to play. See below for some tips on pet-proofing your garden.

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Are the Plants OK for Pets to Eat?

Many of the very prettiest flowers, shrubs, and plants can be toxic to cats and dogs. Even non-toxic greenery, like grass, can cause pets to have an upset tummy. If you know your pets will be in the garden, take time before you plant to make certain you’re not introducing something potentially toxic to your pet’s environment.

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Is Your Fertilizer Toxic?

As well as killing mites and bugs and encouraging blooms from flowers, some fertilizers, pesticides, or insect repellants can contain ingredients that are toxic for pets. If you spray fertilizers or insect repellents on the grass, and your pet walks on the freshly treated area, it’s all too easy for some of the chemicals to wind up on your pet’s paws. Licking the paws later on can lead to your dog or cat ingesting some of the toxins. Aim to use pet-safe fertilizers, and keep your cat or dog off the lawn and away from the yard area just after applying chemicals.

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Design With Your Cat or Dog in Mind

As you plot out your garden, think about your particular pet. Is it easy to train them to stay away from certain areas? If so, plant at will — but if your dog or cat has a tendency to go where they’re not wanted, or dig up herbs, shrubs, and flowers, you may want to establish boundaries. Here are a few ideas for how you can lay out your garden to accommodate your pet’s habits:

  • Create Pathways: Generally speaking, many pets will stay on pathways (and away from flower beds).
  • Establish Boundaries: Use materials like bricks, rocks, and leafy barrier plants to form boundaries around areas that should be kept pet-free. You can also put up a gate or fencing if you really want to make sure to keep pets away from vulnerable seedlings.
  • Try Containers: Raised beds, or containers, can be a good way to keep plants and flowers away from paws.

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6 Diseases You Can Catch From Your Dog or Cat


As cuddly as your pet may be, there are a few sicknesses that can spread from felines or canines to humans and it helps to be careful. Any infection that can spread from an animal to a human is referred to as “zoonotic.” Here are the details, and how to protect both your pet and your family from these diseases.

1. Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis in an infection caused by salmonella bacteria; it can infect cats, dogs, and spread to people. Dogs and cats who are immune-compromised, or who are very old or very young, are most at risk of picking up this gastro-intestinal distressing bug.

Feeding your pet raw or undercooked meat can cause the infection, or they can catch the disease from another sick animal. If your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea, then thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and hand-washing are all important precautions you can take to prevent the spread of the bacteria.

2. Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis, a parasite, is problematic for those with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy. “Don’t clean the litterbox!” many an obstetrician has told pregnant patients who are cat-parents.

Although millions are infected and don’t even know it, Toxoplasmosis is most known to humans due to the increased risk it poses to pregnant women in the form of miscarriage or birth defects to the fetus.

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3. Cat Scratch Fever

You might have heard of Cat Scratch Fever due to the popularity of the Ted Nugent song by the same name. Also known as Cat Scratch Disease, Cat Scratch Fever is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans from the saliva of infected cats. While mostly asymptomatic in cats, swollen lymph nodes are the main symptom of the disease in people.

Cat Scratch Fever is normally mild and resolves on its own, although it’s possible to experience other symptoms such as a slight fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, rash, sore throat, or general malaise. To keep your cat from being infected, make sure you use a good flea preventative, since cats catch the disease from fleas.

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4. Roundworm

Roundworms are parasites that can infect a dog or cat’s intestinal tract and cause malnourishment as the parasites consume the pet’s food and block the intestines. Diarrhea is the most common symptom as roundworms latch onto the intestines. When the worms travel through the lungs and throat, dogs and cats can exhibit coughing.

If your pet shows symptoms, take them to the vet to get diagnosed and treated with a deworming medication. If transmitted to humans, most cases of roundworm won’t cause severe symptoms.

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5. Hookworm

Hookworms are intestinal parasites that feed off of your pet’s blood. Prevention is easy! Keep your pet on a once-monthly preventative medication like Heartgard to prevent hookworm, heartworm, and other parasites. There are some great treatments out there for hookworms if your dog or cat is already infected.

While hookworm in humans is uncommon and generally clears up on its own, it can cause an itchy skin disease called “creeping eruption” (ew!)

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6. Ringworm

Scaly or inflamed circular bald patches on your dog or cat can signal ringworm, which is actually a fungal infection. While it’s not technically serious, ringworm is highly contagious and should be treated immediately to avoid infecting other pets or people.

Has your pet ever come down with a yucky infection and then given it to you? Let us know in the comments! Prevent and treat infections by signing up for PetPlus, a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding and more.


6 Tips for a Stress-Free Vet Visit

It’s the rare pet who actually enjoys a trip to the vet. In fact, such an animal is probably rarer than a unicorn. However, there are ways to make trips to the vet slightly more pleasant for everyone, although it will take a little more work and foresight to pave the way for a smooth vet visit.

1. Touch your pet like a vet would.

One of the reasons vet visits are so startling to pets is that the vet touches them in ways and places they aren’t accustomed to. You can help your pet feel comfortable with these unusual methods of touching by playing doctor and rehearsing a veterinary exam.

Your vet will examine your pet from head to tail, and may palpate – or gently press down using the hands – different areas of your pet’s body, like the neck and the belly. Lift up your pet’s tail, and run your hands all over your pet, including the feet and nails.

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2. Don’t get nervous.

Be aware of you own energy, because your pet can feed off your anxiety. If you realize you feel nervous on the day of the vet visit, be sure to take some deep, cleansing breaths to lower your heart rate. Stick to your regular routine, including walks, which will help to burn off that nervous energy.

3. Use a calming collar.

If your pet seems to really panic at the idea of a trip to the vet, then consider purchasing a calming collar for your cat or your dog. The soothing scents of chamomile and lavender may help to comfort and relax your pet.

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4. Don’t use a carrier only for vet visits.

If your pet only sees the inside of the carrier when it’s time for the vet, then that little box is going to represent a cage of panic and grief for your animal. If you use a carrier at home as a safe place for your pet to snuggle and nap, then it won’t seem like such a big, stressful deal to hop in the carrier for transportation to the vet.

5. Practice car rides for other fun reasons.

Likewise, if your pet only rides in the car on the way to the vet, it’s going to be a very long car ride for both of you. Try taking your pet on other excursions in the car, for example, to drive your dog to a meadow for a hike.

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6. Use treats strategically.

If your cat enjoys catnip, then plan on using it strategically, because the effect only lasts about 5 to 15 minutes. Figure out the worst part of the vet visit for you; is it coaxing your cat into the carrier, or the part where you open the carrier for the vet? Use your kitty treats or catnip with those circumstances in mind to keep the effectiveness high.

Likewise, if you know you have a visit to the vet approaching, get a little stingy with your treats for your dog until it’s ‘go time’ for maximum effect. A dog with a belly that’s already loaded with treats isn’t going to be too interested in your bribery.

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